SEIU Comments on Inadequate Budget After House Republican Leaders Block a Compromise Vote

HARRISBURG, Dec. 23, 2015 — Following House Republican leadership’s failure to allow a vote on the bipartisan budget compromise that was a step away from heading to the governor’s desk, the SEIU Pennsylvania State Council issued the following statement:

“House Republican leadership had an opportunity today to send the compromise budget to the governor for his signature. Their refusal to do so set off a chain of events that advanced a budget that continues to fail our schools and children.

“Gratitude is owed to those House Republicans who saw the need to get the budget compromise done.

“The overwhelmingly bipartisan defeat of a fatally flawed pension bill was not a reason to underfund our schools and maintain the structural deficit. The unconstitutional pension proposal would have cost the Commonwealth more than $1 billion, and should never have been linked to the passage of the compromise budget.

“The fight for our Commonwealth’s future must continue.”

This statement is attributable to the Pennsylvania State Council of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), including Gabe Morgan, SEIU Pennsylvania State Council President and Pennsylvania Director of SEIU 32BJ, Neal Bisno, Secretary-Treasurer of the State Council and President of SEIU Healthcare Pennsylvania, Tom Herman, President of SEIU Local 668, and David Melman, Manager of the PA Joint Board of Workers United.

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